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This is not the first time critics of dark money have tried to pass a proposal requiring major funders of independent advertising campaigns to identify themselves and name their donors.

Proposition 211 - the “Voters Right to Know Act” - would would amend Arizona’s campaign finance law to publicize the millions in “dark money” spending on political ads by groups seeking to influence voters without having to identify themselves. Read more»

Currently, any ballot initiative can pass with a simple majority of 50% plus one vote.

When Arizona voters approved a measure in 2020 that would have increased school funding by raising income tax on higher earners, they did so by a 52-48% margin - now, Proposition 132 would require any initiative that raises taxes to get approved by at least 60% of voters to pass. Read more»

Stump speaking in Mesa in 2013.

Arizona election regulators have taken note of records showing that Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump was in regular contact with the campaigns of candidates he supported and a “dark money” group that helped get them elected, and they want to inspect those records themselves. Read more» 2

Stump speaking in Mesa in 2013.

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump repeatedly communicated with the executive director of a “dark money” group that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect the candidates he backed, while also keeping regular contact with those candidates, their campaign manager, and a senior executive of the state’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service. Read more» 4